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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Spanish Studies Abroad 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Art, Arts, Design, Graphic Design, Interdisciplinary Design, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Textile Design Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Home Stay
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:

SSABarcElisava Design Program in English - Barcelona, Spain

Why choose Barcelona?

As Spain's second largest city, Barcelona embodies every quality of a European city. Experience the typical hustle and bustle of a busy city on La Rambla, take a stroll through one of the many barrios, or enjoy any of its famous Mediterranean beaches. This urban city is host to several UNESCO World Heritage sights, attracting millions of tourists each year.

About the Elisava Design Program

The Spanish Studies ELISAVA program is designed to allow you to complete coursework in English, as you gain a comprehensive understanding in the fields of design and communication through specialized and intensive courses. This program is geared towards practical applications of the field such as packaging, promotion and product design. There are two “tracks” of classes - one for students with an art and design background and another for those who do not. There is no better place to discover the new opportunities Design Studies affords than in Barcelona, the capital city of design.

ELISAVA is the first school of design, an internationally oriented educational and research institution.  The ELISAVA campus is right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of La Rambla.  

Program Highlights

  • All classes in English
  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Classes with international students
  • Take an optional Spanish language course (no previous Spanish required)
  • 12-18 credits per semester
  • Full access to university facilities
  • The option to chose between a host family or a student residence

Course Options Include:

  • Retails design & visual merchandising
  • Design for packaging
  • Graphic design & visual communication
  • Furniture & product design
  • Design for food, health and well-being
  • Interior spaces

Program Inclusions:

  • Tuition
  • Room & board with homestay or student residence apartment
  • Support of the onsite Spanish Studies Abroad Resident Director
  • Pre-departure support
  • Laundry
  • Overnight and local study visits
  • Cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health insurance
  • Computer access
  • ELISAVA transcript
  • Optional trips and activities are also available through the university


  • Participants must have a 2.75 overall GPA and college junior or senior status
  • Students without design studies will have to take three mandatory subjects (Design Contexts, Digital Representation Principles and Advanced Principles in Design)
  • Students with design studies will be required to present a portfolio


Spanish Studies Abroad
433 West Street
Suite 8

Amherst MA, 01002
tel: (413) 256-0011